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Alby Crafts and Gardens

Cromer Road, Erpingham NR11 7QE, England
+44 1263 768820
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Mainly craft shops

There is a good selection of craft shops in this charming complex. We had driven past on many... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
mjc404
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Derby, United Kingdom
Beautiful snowdrops and aconites huddled in front of pretty Norfolk flint buildings

We visited on a bitter day. Did not stop for tea although tea rooms looked lovely. Several craft... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2018
Sarah A
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Alby Crafts & Gardens is a complex of creative businesses housed in an attractive collection of converted farm buildings in rural north Norfolk. We are easy to find, half way between Cromer and Aylsham on the A140. We currently have a fine art sculptor, paper cut artist, upholsterer, wood turner, printmaker, potter/bee keeper and dressmaker all working here, selling their work and running workshops. There are five galleries/shops in the Lower Courtyard selling original paintings, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics, prints, wood, glass and metal work etc by over 70 different East Anglian artists. The dressmaker and upholsterer are in the gallery upstairs and we have a very good gift shop in the upper courtyard. We have a great chef and our tea room serves morning coffee, fabulous lunches and afternoon tea - and some evenings it opens as a bistro with a series of themed suppers. You can also spent time in our 4 acres of RHS gardens (£2.50 entry). If you are fed up of seeing the same products in the high streets across the country, then you will enjoy browsing around the shops and galleries here. The tea room, gift shop and gardens are always open during our advertised hours. Other businesses may vary slightly so check our website and phone ahead if you are coming a long way to see someone in particular. We look forward to seeing you this summer.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Cromer Road, Erpingham NR11 7QE, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

There is a good selection of craft shops in this charming complex. We had driven past on many occasions but, because it was raining and too wet to do anything else, we stopped to have a look. We were rewarded with friendly and helpful staff...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

We visited on a bitter day. Did not stop for tea although tea rooms looked lovely. Several craft shops including a potter where you can do classes. Quality crafts and a very pretty venue.More

Thank Sarah A
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CKnight63, Public Relations Manager at Alby Crafts and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Thank you for visiting us on a cold (yes, bitter) February day! The winter gardens are indeed lovely – there are lots of hellebores just coming out in the far flower beds and several flowering shrubs: winter flowering honeysuckle, daphne, camellias, witch hazel. But it...More

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Reviewed 23 October 2017

excellent centre to grab a bite to eat and look around the gardens and crafts, superbly done and a warm welcome

Thank lisa j
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CKnight63, Gallery owner at Alby Crafts and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Many thanks for your review and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We ordered a cornish pasty for me and baked potato for my wife, thinking to have a light lunch so as not to spoil our appetites for dinner in the evening. What arrived was definately not "a light lunch". A very large pasty with a...More

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CKnight63, Gallery owner at Alby Crafts and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Thank you for your review. We're glad you had such a good lunch and enjoyed meeting our artists and makers. We hope you'll call in again soon.

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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

The artisans here are wonderful. Art gallery, Ceramics, jewellery and cabinet maker amongst others. Everyone happy to chat about the work... Well worth stopping for an hour....

Thank Cazz W
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CKnight63, Gallery owner at Alby Crafts and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Many thanks for your review Cazz. We're glad you enjoyed your time visiting our workshops and hopefully we will see you again.

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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Great place, would definitely recommend a visit especially if you are a fan of arts and crafts. Quirky little shops, craft rooms and a very interesting cafe! All at very reasonable prices 😊

Thank Leanne W
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CKnight63, Gallery owner at Alby Crafts and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2017

Many thanks for your review. Much appreciated.

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Reviewed 23 August 2017

This lovely quirky coffee shop is worth a visit just to look at the vinyl collection on the walls and ceiling. A great way to reminisce. The food was also good and reasonably prices. Excellent home made cheesecake which we had to take home. With...More

Thank Anne S
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CKnight63, Gallery owner at Alby Crafts and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

Hi Anne Thank you for your review of our café and gardens. We are very pleased you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

We were staying at Deers Mead campsite and found the Alby Crafts and Gardens via a shortcut. We booked for their Pizza night on our first Friday. When we arrived we decided to sit at a table that wasn't really part of the restaurant and...More

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CKnight63, Gallery owner at Alby Crafts and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

We are glad you enjoyed your pizza evenings with us. For anyone wanting to come to a pizza evening please call the café to check availability. 01263 761652

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Reviewed 21 July 2017

We walked here whilst on a recent holiday, lovely choice of crafts and gifts, tea room most enjoyable and always a must! We didn't visit the gardens but wished we had, maybe next time. Worth a visit if you are passing or in the area.

Thank JGTL10
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CKnight63, Gallery owner at Alby Crafts and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

Many thanks for your kind review. We have a craft fair in the garden this Saturday, 26th August 2017, which allows free entry to the gardens if you are fond of hydrangeas and autumn flowers.

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Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Arrive at 4:20 for some coffee and cake for my birthday, only to be greeted by a man slouched in a chair (who we thought was a customer), saying 'what do you want'. Rude. I then say i would like a hot chocolate. His reply...More

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CKnight63, Gallery owner at Alby Crafts and Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Hi Joanna We are really sorry you were met with such rudeness on your visit. We have just discussed this at our group meeting and we would like to apologise unreservedly. We are going to adjust our online advertising to reflect the fact that the...More

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Response from Sarah A | Reviewed this property |
I'm sure they will be open. check their website and yes the flowers should look lovely :)
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Response from CKnight63 | Property representative |
We are all independent businesses here at Alby and it is up to the owner of the cafe how he chooses to decorate his space. He is striving to achieve a quirky and memorable environment that is different to anywhere else... More
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Yes I also took my small dog into the restaurant,
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